Once again the “AAA” industry thinks it has a golden goose, and once again it’s primed to bang that goose until the eggs come out filled with nothing but decaying spunk.
There is a constant problem plaguing the game industry, if its spokespeople are to be believed. Games cost $60, and that price doesn’t work anymore!
Weirdly enough, The Jimquisition agrees with this assessment. “AAA” games should indeed not cost $60 anymore, and they most certainly have outgrown it.
Games cost a lot of money to make. You need to pay developers, you need to license engines, you need do a lot.
Extra Credits pointed out all of these costs in a recent video, and I’m certainly not going the claim the expenses aren’t expensive.
But is it just me, or does the “AAA” videogame industry do a bit too much twisting and turning to make the cost of doing business out to be some unreasonable cross to bear?
According to journalists, “angry YouTube videos” have demoralized employees of Electronic Arts and BioWare.
So… let’s talk about that anger, shall we?
Star Wars Battlefront II was a bit of a misstep, huh?
EA is licking its wounds after the massive loot box backlash, but there’s little time to heal.
They got too greedy to fast, and now legislators are interested in games… and gambling.
Activision’s patented idea of utilizing matchmaking to trick players into buying DLC is an unsettling one, but if you think that’s as bad as it gets, you don’t know videogames.
Let’s talk about Scientific Revenue, the service that demonstrates exactly what games want from you – they want to turn players into payers… and they proudly admit it.
The predatory side of gaming has only just begun to show its fangs.
I’m often told that videogames have be a mess of greed-fueled bollocks because the $60 price tag never raised along with inflation.
This is crap. It’s a myth. Games stopped costing $60 a long time ago.
Tmartn and ProSyndicate were believed to have done naughty things, but they’ve been scientifically proven innocent thanks to FTC findings.
That IS how it works.
Oh, and just before we were ready to wrap, PewDiePie went ahead and did something shit. Again.
It was sincere and touching, and that’s all it should’ve been, but the decision to charge for content honoring the late Mike Forgey altered the conversation.
Alright then, let’s get into this mess.
Oh sorry, did you think we were NOT going to look at microtransactions coming to Shadow of War?
Did you think the appearance of loot boxes for a single-player game would escape my Sauronesque eye?
Did you really think I’d not take EVERY opportunity to bash something Warner Bros. has done?
If you don’t know me by now…